Ten host cities declared for AFC Asian Cup China 2023

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The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has declared the names of the 10 host cities for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

The cities are – People’s Republic of China capital, Beijing, as well as Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Dalian, Qingdao, Xiamen and Suzhou.

The Organising Committee of the Asian Cup (OCAC) will be given full details at its next meeting to be held this year. The meeting will also discuss threadbare the all-embracing vision, key milestones and timelines of Asian football’s sporting extravaganza.

Observed AFC President, HE Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, “The AFC Asian Cup is our flagship competition for national teams, and I am sure that the Chinese Football Association and the selected host cities will deliver a tournament which is in keeping with the event’s world-class status.”

He further observed, ‘The AFC thanks the commitment shown by the CFA and these 10 great cities to be a part of this celebration of Asian football. I wish them all the very best of success in their desire to show the world that China PR can stage huge international football events.”

A lot of enthusiasm and promise was shown by the candidate host cities in bidding to host Asia’s most prestigious football tournament. The sporting spectacle will be held in June and July 2023. Twenty four teams will sweat it out to bag the trophy in 51 matches to be played in the sporting extraordinaire.

While hosting the 18th chapter of the AFC Asian Cup, the CFA’s objective is to promote the implementation of the China Football Reform Plan with state-of-the-art infrastructure, more enriching programs meant for youth and promotion of the grassroots game.

By hosting this prestigious event, the CFA also wants to demonstrate before the world its progress and achievements over the years. The CFA stated that it is committed to work in close tandem with the AFC and the host cities to stage an extraordinary and stupendous festival of Asian football.

The AFC will further study and review the competition arrangements and organizational plans proposed by the host cities and the CFA in the early part of 2020. China PR last hosted the AFC Asian Cup in 2004.

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